Hi, could somebody please point out the differences between these 2 Pioneer models. I've hear a new MXE is coming out in a while, how will it differ from the new HDE that Pioneer released a few months back
The MXE does not have a media box - it is a pure monitor with approx 5 separate inputs. Some of these inputs are on a removable card which can be replaced by ones from third party manufacturers. Also, it should be about £500 cheaper than the HDE. Hope this helps.
Best of all PQ on the MXE is well ahead of the HDE.
Release of the 434MXE is imminent - UK probably imminent plus a few weeks - and is reputed to be a better performer than the 434HDE and a step up from the 433 (Joe Fernand can advise). So may be worth waiting - or make me a tempting offer for my 433 so i can go for a 434
Think of the Pioneer PDP-434HDE PlasmaTV as a two part system - the PDP-434PE (Screen) plus the R04 Media Box.
The Pioneer PDP-434MXE Plasma Display is a one piece system and will use the same screen technology as the 04HDE - though without the Gloss Black bezel of the consumer unit.
The 04MXE has some video inputs on the chassis and some on a plug in video card - I dont have final spec on this as yet.
Most 04MXE's will be supplied with the video card pre installed.
The R03 Media Box from the previous generation PlasmaTV was the limiting factor when you compared the 03HDE with the 03MXE; the less complicated MXE always produced a better image and was PAL and NTSC Progressive compatible (though very non-TV like in operation)
The preliminary specs on the 04MXE looks pretty similar to the 04HDE - though I'm told the 04MXE will jump ahead of the HDE; we'll have to wait a few weeks yet before we can say one way or another.
Thanks for the info guys, I was going to go for a Hitachi 42PD5000 but I might go for the new MXE, especially if it comes with a HDMI input on the back of the Panel. I already have a Pioneer 868 DVD player so it makes sense to go for this baby. When anybody has anymore news please post here.